As temperatures rose to over 80 degrees Fahrenheit (nearly 27 degrees Celsius) this past week, several boys joined in on a protest of sorts in which they donned girl's skirts after arguing that it was too hot for the restrictive school-issued trousers. The boys do have a point, seeing as how a record-breaking heat wave is currently surging through the country.
Boys at Isca Academy in Exeter wear skirts to school in protest at not being allowed to wear shorts in hot weather. pic.twitter.com/XHrffnSQEN— Simon Hall (@SimonHallNews) June 22, 2017
The protest began with five boys, but support among the classmates soon began to rise, eventually convincing 50 to 75 boys to join in on the skirt-wearing craze. According to local news site Devon Live, several Isca Academy girls handed out skirts to the boys in support.
"If the Queen said that the people ... at this thing doing the royal stuff ... could take off their jackets for like the first time in 100 years or something, then surely we should be allowed not to wear trousers in the summer," said one boy, using the recent changes to the strict dress code for British racegoers at the Royal Ascot to justify the protest.
Of course, these recent events raise moral questions regarding the strict dress code at Isca Academy. One boy, in year 10, stated that he was "put in isolation" for wearing shorts to school on one of the hottest days of the year.
The mother of another 14-year-old boy backed up this claim, stating that the Isca Academy head teacher had threatened to put her son in isolation for wearing shorts.
"The head teacher told them 'Well you can wear a skirt if you like' but I think she was being sarcastic. However children tend to take you literally and so five boys turned up in skirts today -- and because she told them it was OK there was nothing she could do as long as they are school skirts," the mother said.
In response, Isca Academy head teacher Aimee Mitchell released what she referred to as a "hot weather statement" to address the ongoing issue.
"We recognize that the last few days have been exceptionally hot and we are doing our utmost to enable both students and staff to remain as comfortable as possible through the following adjustments," Mitchell said. "Shorts are not currently part of our uniform for boys and I would not want to make any changes without consulting both students and their families."